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Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Rule of Bullets and Clubs

00 Right Sector Thugs in Kiev. 06.04.14


The Revolution has begun…. but the Revolution hasn’t ended, as the famous song has it. Unfortunately, the lyrics of songs and real life are a little bit different. People know that from their experience, especially, those who live in the now very “independent” Ukraine. It seems that a bitter moment of reckoning came for the politically naïve, who gaped at the gutted residence of President Yanukovich, who walked on rich carpets lit by gold candlesticks. It turns out that thousands of militants aren’t only in special camps, but these “hot shots” aren’t in a hurry to resign the power and respect that they have through their weapons and willingness to use them. They’re in no hurry to leave, after driving a thirst for régime change and leading the crowd.

You see, having a weapon confers power. Sashko Bily demonstrated this when he brandished an avtomat in the faces of People’s Deputies. Then, he shot himself in the heart with an avtomat after they shot him in the feet and bound him up. Now, his Right Sector comrades, who have real combat savvy, deploy gunmen in the centre of the Ukrainian capital. On the other hand, why shouldn’t they do this? They’re the heroes of the Maidan, they’re organised, so, c’mon, who’s going to stand against such brave guys? The Right Sector suspects that MVDU boss Avakov (whom they hate) murdered Sashko Bily. There’s an investigation, but given what happens during revolutionary turmoil, no one should expect that anyone would ever find the real culprits.

The Right Sector bothers everybody. Arrogant men with guns, who’re outside the control of lawful authorities, are seldom useful in normal life. Ordinary life has bureaucracy, bickering, quarrels, and underhanded dirty tricks, but it doesn’t have shootouts and putting avtomats on the table as an argument. Nobody wants such dashing “Cossacks” mucking about in everyday life. Understandably, they frighten folks. Today, Ukrainians face a difficult bit of work. They need to get rid of the Right Sector somehow, but they want to preserve the heroic flair of the Maidan. That is, they can’t admit that they used these scumbags… they can’t even admit that these characters are scumbags on principle. However, what about the celestial heroism of the Maidan band? Therefore, we need to make sure that these characters were heroes once, but they’re only virtual heroes now.

Adolf Hitler carried out the Night of the Long Knives, where he cut the stormtroopers down to size in a new Massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy. Yet, to arrange a massacre after this extraordinary victory of democracy over common sense would be discrediting the results of the revolution itself. To try to shoot them one by one on the quiet… that’s impossible. The Ukraine isn’t a large country, its people are vociferous, and there’s technology to shoot and record an event and spread it on the internet. As a result, the junta strikes exactly the same rock that the previous government foundered upon… the question of when to use force against militants. However, if Yanukovich hesitated to give the order to shoot, forcing police to stand under attacks of those throwing stones and incendiaries, such prudence won’t work for the revolutionaries. Their grip on power is so tenuous that they can’t allow any “Sashko Bily” to erode it. They need to strengthen their grip on power, and spilt blood seems to them the best solution, not only in terms of deterrence of all sorts of dubious elements, previously known as Maidan activists, but for rallying the ranks of their supporters. You see, none of them would be without guilt; a shameful past would unite and bind them together. What more is there to add? Lucky Ukrainians… they dreamed of a taste of freedom… now, they getting it by the spoonful. However, the Right Sector saga… it’s only at the beginning…

1 April 2014

Mariya Solovyova



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Friday, 4 April 2014

The Fear of the Russophobic Scumbags

00 Sergei Yolkin. I've Got Mine. 28.03.14


Today, it’s quite common to hear that in acquiring the Crimea from the Ukraine, we lost. Die-hard liberals and some characters posturing as patriots, nationalists, and even monarchists repeat this spell like a mantra. However, let’s try to understand this formulation. Firstly, how can you lose what isn’t ours? Has the Ukraine belonged to us since 1991? Definitely not! Moreover, despite the consistently friendly policy pursued by the Kremlin over the years towards a fraternal republic, it increasingly moved away from us. The attitude of Kiev to us ranged from openly hostile to suspicious and distrustful. Thus, Yushchenko provided weapons and specialists to Saakashvili, who attacked Russian citizens, and Ukrainian technicians fired SAMs that shot down our planes over South Ossetia. Yanukovich was supposedly “pro-Russian”, but he dragged the country to the West, participating in NATO and EU projects, where they only tolerated them, despite their obvious anti-Russian orientation. Kuchma proclaimed the “multi-vector” Ukrainian foreign policy as follows, “Against Russia at the expense of Russia”.

Russophobia of varying intensity was the tacit ideology of the independent Ukraine, no matter who ruled it. Even Yanukovich used a strange excuse to “de-hero” Shukhevich and Bandera… they weren’t Ukrainian citizens (as if anyone could be a Ukrainian citizen in those days). In fact, nothing changed. Since independence, they brought up a whole generation on hatred of our country. It couldn’t have turned out otherwise. Contrasting the “Galician ideal” to “moderate Ukrainians” is akin to asking, “Moskal, do want us to trample you or just push you?” It just isn’t tenable. The idea of ​​”Ukrainianism” in all its forms has its basis in the denial of the idea of Rus… “The Ukraine isn’t Russia” says it all. Therefore, when did we lose the Ukraine? Now, when we regained the Crimea, or 23 years ago?

I must point out one important fact… all Ukrainian Russophobic propaganda has at its base the belief that Russia is weak, that it’s afraid of the West, and that it betrays its friends. Therefore, you can kick it with impunity; you’ll earn a reward from the benevolent West, which will not only feed its servants, but also protect them from everything. Then, it became clear that the rumours about Russia’s weakness were exaggerations, that it wasn’t weak, that the West was afraid of it, and that it had no effective influence over our country. It turned out that the “good Pan” [“Pan”: Polish for “Mister”, a dig at Galician grovelling to Poles] wasn’t ready to feed his slave… indeed, he wasn’t ready to protect him, either. In fact, they left their serf at the mercy of the “evil” neighbour over the fence, whom the serf mocked for 23 years, making derisive faces, along with perverse and contemptuous comments. Under the cover of darkness, the neighbour came and took back his land, and the serf is now utterly dependent on his generosity. It’s one thing to kick a dying or already-dead lion, it’s quite another to try to do the same with an extremely lively and brisk one.

However, that’s not all. The worst thing for the pro-EU lot was that the example of the Crimeans gave Ukrainians a standard to weigh the “pros” and “cons” of the western and eastern vectors. Thus, the first steps towards European integration, which didn’t mean that the Ukraine would ever gain EU membership, already cost them the loss of social programmes, increasing the retirement age, and cutting pensions and salaries. At the same time, the Crimeans who became Russian citizens received new social guarantees and benefits, and the size of their pensions and salaries increased by several times! Gangs on the streets dominate the Ukraine, anarchy and chaos rule… in the Crimea, all is calm and in order. The Ukraine stopped broadcasting Russian TV because they’re hiding things from their people. Nevertheless, the question before Ukrainians is, “Do you want to be starving Russophobes, or, do you want to be satisfied Russophiles?” The answer to this by most normal people in the Ukraine is quite predictable. However, censorship in this information age is impossible, and, of course, Ukrainians learnt about what happened in the Crimea, in spite of the “muzzled” TV and false Banderovtsy agitprop. Probably, it’ll take some time to convince many that this is true, not “Putin propaganda”, then, very few people will find the “Western project” attractive.

We can say with confidence that we not only didn’t “lose” the Ukraine, rather, we took precise and proper steps to ensure its return. Actually, the return has already begun… Crimea is ours… that’s only the first step. However, there’s another important point… Ukrainians should know that Russia doesn’t let its people down; furthermore, anyone who asks for our protection and assistance will get it. In fact, that happened in the Crimea. It’s scary to imagine what awaited Crimeans protesting against the junta if Russia hadn’t come to their aid. Besides that, there’s the Southeastern Ukraine, Novorossiya, whose people overwhelmingly oppose federation with Kiev, who want membership in the TS EvrAsES, and where many want to become part of Russia. These people believe in Russia and the fact that it’ll help them and protect them. To betray their hopes would be pure heartlessness, as it’d lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide. We shouldn’t forget the axiom of Tsar Nikolai Pavlovich {who founded the University of Kiev in 1834, a man of true honour, faithfulness, and probity: editor}… “Wherever we raise the Russian flag once, we’ll never lower it”.

4 April 2014

Boris Dzherelievsky



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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Russia Fed Up with Western Boorishness

00 Tyagnibok and Nuland. 22.03.14


It hasn’t been that long after the burial of the victims of the Maidan (the traditional forty days haven’t passed), but the supporters of the Kiev junta and biased Western “experts” already are rewriting the recent history of the Ukrainian tragedy. They’re doing it without any regard to the generally known facts and witnesses. What myths circulate in the information war?

First Myth: President Viktor Yanukovich is illegitimate

British political scientist and researcher of fascism Roger Griffin considered the issue of Yanukovich’s legitimacy in simple terms, “From the moment when he ordered security forces to open fire against demonstrators, he ceased to be the legitimate president. Then, he fled the country, creating a so-called power vacuüm”.Firstly, they’ve often opened fire on protestors in the USA, but no president became illegitimate because of it. During an operation ordered by US President Bill Clinton in 1993, federal agents burned a religious community in Waco TX and shot the inhabitants; 79 people, including three children, died. Secondly, Yanukovich gave the opposite order… not to open fire, which is why he’s now in hiding. Thirdly, President Yanukovich didn’t flee, he went on a business trip to Kharkov, and he probably has supporting documents that he could present to a court.

Second Myth: The oppositionist takeover wasn’t a coup

Griffin said, “Yanukovich’s lavish lifestyle (reminiscent of Ceaușescu), his regime’s corruption, and his inability to solve problems in a democratic way and find compromises took away his legitimacy and provoked the seizure of power by the opposition”. However, the Ukrainian people elected Yanukovich and the world recognised the election results. There was no impeachment procedure as laid down in the Constitution of the country, including the Constitution of 2004. Therefore, his removal from power was illegitimate.

Third Myth: Russian citizens in Ukraine aren’t threatened

The US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said, “There’s no evidence that ethnic Russians are in danger. In contrast, the new Ukrainian government gives priority to reconciliation in the country and allow participation by all political forces in its life {is that why the junta turned over kids’ summer camps to neofascists to train terrorists? Is that why the junta gaols the patriotic opposition?: editor}. President Turchinov {the junta chieftain: editor} made clear his opposition to any restrictions on the Russian language”. However, the President isn’t the legislature, and the Rada hasn’t annulled the law on the so-called de-Russification of the Ukraine. Now, let’s talk about threats. Blogger Arseny Avakov (also known as the junta’s head of the MVDU), the next day, admitted that order in Kiev “was in unprecedented disorder”. It turns out, that in the capital and its suburbs, groups of people in masks, helmets, armed with batons, firearms, and other weapons roam the streets. They identify themselves as the “Right Sector“, “Left Wing”, “Svoboda”, and “Self-Defence of the Maidan”. They act without warrant, stopping and checking everyone who looks suspicious to them, making decisions based on “revolutionary expediency”. As a result, one sees cases of arson, looting, and robbery. What “revolutionary expediency” means is clear… as one could see from the actions of Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect), who received a Ukrainian medal from Yushchenko for killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya.

Fourth Myth: Ukrainians should integrate Russians

Griffin said, “Integrating Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the nation is a very important task that must also be addressed through democratic dialogue and through democratic structures (as was the case with French-speakers in the Valle d’Aosta Special Region in Italy)”, demonstrating a complete ignorance of history and detachment from reality. In fact, the Ukrainian nation as a concept came to life because of Soviet nationality policy. Andrei Marchukov (Kandidat Historical Sciences; Institute of Russian History (IRI RAN)) said, “Historically, it’s correct to speak about Great Russians in relation to current Russians and Rusins, and about Little Russians in relation to those now called Ukrainians. Even after Rus split into sovereign principalities, a cultural, political, religious, and ideational consensus remained. It remained strong for several centuries, until the 15th century. From the late 15th to the early 16th century, the branches began to diverge gradually… into West-Russian and East-Russian branches… but in the context of an all-Russian culture, an all-Russian Weltanschauung. It developed in both parts of divided Russia… both in Russia under Moscow, and in the Western Russian lands absorbed first by Lithuania, and then by the Polish-Lithuanian Rzeczpospolita. This all-Russian consciousness had a basis in literature from Western Russia… mostly polemical church literature there… and upon political treatises written in Muscovite Russia. This all-Russian consciousness allowed the holding of the Pereyaslavskaya Rada. Lenin propagated a division between Russian and Ukrainians, the Belovezhskie Accords consolidated it”.

Fifth Myth: Russia is the aggressor as it occupied the Crimea

Here’s an excerpt from a US Embassy in Moscow statement, “Russian troops moved out of their bases to seize political objectives and infrastructure in the Crimea”. Let’s write it off to due to their ignorance. For example, a Euronews correspondent asked a soldier in an unmarked uniform, “Who are you?” He answered, “I’m Russian”. The clueless Western correspondent concluded, “Oh, you’re from Russia!” He had no idea that this is how Crimeans refer to themselves. According to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, “Publication of photos and videos showing military equipment with Russian military plates is a provocation”. Commenting on a video where soldiers said that they were Russians, Shoigu said, “This is complete nonsense”. Russian troops are present in Crimea not only in the military contingent based in Sevastopol, but also in other locations, according to earlier agreements between the Ukraine and Russia.

Sixth Myth: The junta in Kiev is democratic, there are no fascists in it, the Rada functions normally

The US Embassy website said, “The Rada is the most representative governmental body in the Ukraine, and recent legislation passed with overwhelming majorities, including from representatives of the eastern Ukraine” {but they’re silent about the deputies kept out of the house and the Euromaidan thugs who “keep order”: editor}. However, the Euromaidan mob is in real power; we described their outrageous actions in previous paragraphs. Mikhail Dobkin, the Chairman of the Kharkov Oblast State Administration, said at a meeting of deputies of all levels from the south-eastern oblasts and the Crimea, “As for the Rada, Party of Regions People’s Deputies vote ‘the Euromaidan line’ as the mob threatens their lives or the lives of their families”. Vadim Kolesnichenko, a Party of Regions People’s Deputy said, “They torch houses, they burn cars, and they take family members as hostages. They hold deputies and their children hostage at gunpoint and threaten to cut them to pieces if the deputies protest”. Furthermore, even the BBC reported “fascist patrols” in the streets of Kiev, publishing video clips from there.

Seventh Myth: International law doesn’t allow the use of force in response to regional authorities

Norwegian political scientist Bernd Nystad said, “It’s odd that when the West goes against these (international) rules, then, that’s fine and good, but when Russia does it, it’s illegal aggression. In my opinion, this is double standards. If the local authorities call on the Russian authorities and say that for us, the situation is very difficult for us, extremists are trying to organise a local orange revolution, in my opinion, this is an emergency. In this situation, I think that Russia has the right to bring in its troops and it should do it”. However, the main objection is that Russia hasn’t applied force, and if it does do so, not at the request of the regional authorities, but at the request of the legitimate president, Yanukovich, the West would consider it illegitimate (see the First Myth). The unfortunate loop of misunderstanding goes on.

11 March 2014

Lyuba Lulko



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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The New Ukraine: Woe to the Vanquished

00 ukrainian rioter 02. 31.01.14


President Yanukovich lost and the situation in the Ukraine is developing according to the old rule known to the ancient Romans… “Woe to the Vanquished”. During the first day of its work, the Rada replaced a dozen ministers with Ukrainian nationalists, cancelled the regional status for the Russian language, even in areas where Russians are a majority, and declared the still legal President Viktor Yanukovich a criminal. This revolutionary logic makes current events very different from the so-called Orange Revolution of 2005. Then, the events weren’t entirely peaceful either, but at least no one died, and the victors didn’t talk of revenge from the first day of their rule. In fact, that revolution ultimately had two victors… Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovich, both of whom later had a turn at trying the president’s wheel.

This time, the revenge is swift and cruel… not only Yanukovich, but also the Minister of Internal Affairs and the General Procurator could face criminal charges in the near future. Already, half of the oblast governors in the Ukraine tendered their resignations, fearing for their safety after rioters ransacked many government buildings and publicly humiliated many officials. What‘s especially worrying is that the so-called EU “mediators” seemed to be very untroubled by this development. In fact, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland forced on Yanukovich a deal that they formally guaranteed. When the opposition failed to fulfil its part of the deal and took control of government buildings, we didn’t hear a single word of reproach from France or from Germany. As for Poland, its Foreign Minister, Radosław Sikorski {he’s affiliated with the extremist Hard Right American Enterprise Institute in the USA: editor}, went even further, defining the events in Ukraine as “something that isn’t a coup d’état”, Well, what can you expect from a man who continued talking about some mythical “peaceful protests” even when tweeting his reports about “black smoke” and explosions near the presidential administration in Kiev? If anyone disgraced himself on these three days that changed the Ukraine, it was these three ministers… even to a greater degree than Yanukovich did. After these three high EU officials guaranteed this agreement, which lasted less than 10 minutes, who’ll view the EU as a reliable intermediary, a guarantor of anything, or, indeed, even a reliable partner?

Meanwhile, the Ukraine needs partners now. The country is in desperate need of money, and if Yanukovich talked about 20 billion dollars, the new rulers want 35 billion. The EU is nodding at the IMF and the IMF is nodding at the European banks. Formally, Russia could help, as it did many times before, but why should Russia bail out a country where an active anti-Russian minority forces its will on the majority? In addition, private investors may find it hard to trust a country where several hundred determined people with gasoline, stones, and small arms can bring the government to its knees. Therefore, the Ukraine will now spend a lot of time looking for willing capitalists to invest in it. Interestingly, the Western media suddenly developed a liking for old Bolshevik tricks… instead of seriously analysing whether the new “leadership” of the Ukraine was legal or not, it savoured the luxuries of Yanukovich’s presidential residence, now open to the public. Well, after 1917 the Bolsheviks also opened the Winter Palace to public as a “visible justification” for their coup. History didn’t justify it, though. It won’t justify this new Ukrainian coup either.

25 February 2014

Dmitri Babich

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Babich wrote this two weeks ago, and things worsen every day. Why did the USA and the EU pull the pin out of this particular hand grenade? It ain’t over ‘till it’s over, and I fear that much bloodshed and devastation will come because of the West’s juvenile perfidiousness. Vladimir Putin did NOT set this up… Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Victoria Nuland did… they deserve to be in prison orange for this aggression… but they won’t be. One can only hope that their plans will be as fruitless as GWB’s were in South Ossetia.

We can only pray, pass the jug, and wait… and stay away from the elephant’s feet. God do preserve us…


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